Pastor Julia Thomas is a mother of 3, together with her husband, Pastor Jeremiah, they launched and pastor the Gospel Church. Pastor Julia is a visionary, always dreaming big and working hard. She definitely is the life of the party, bringing joy and fun wherever she goes! With a heart for people she welcomes you as an instant friend. Her passion and excitement for life is contagious! If you want someone to talk to, to encourage you, and to cheer you on, she is your girl! If finding a good deal was an olympic sport, she would get the gold medal. With an eye for design she is always finding a way to make a place feel warm and inviting.
In 2015, Pastors Jeremiah and Julia Thomas lauched the church in the common room of their apartment complex. Since then the church and the vision has grown. Not only has the church grown so has their family, now the father to 3 beautiful kids. Pastor Jeremiah spent most of his life in Waterport NY, but he was actually born in Isreal where his parents were missionaries. His family then spent a few years in Germany, homeland of his mother, before settling in New York. Pastor Jeremiah and his mother, Regina Thomas, actually teach our German class, so when you see them around be sure to say "Guten Tag!"
Marijke Fetzner is a mother of 3 and the Children's Ministry Director at The Gospel church. Marijke heads up all things "Bigs". Her love and heart for kids is contagious. Her years of experience with both kids and homeschooling make her great person to ask any questions you may have. Her name, pronounced Mar-eye-ka, is not the only unique thing about her, her creative mind and naturally curly hair add to all she is. With a genuine and welcoming heart she makes parents and kids feel right at home! You may be surprised to find she is actually a Florida native who has happily traded in the beach for the joy of having all 4 seasons.
Brandi Grabar is a mother of 3 and over all things "Littles" at the Gospel Church. Brandi is a dedicated mom and a faithful friend. She is extremely creative and full of amazing ideas. Whatever she does, she does well! Brandi is incredibly generous, always giving of her resources, her talents and her time. She is constantly finding fun, hands-on ways of teaching through experiments, crafts, and activites. She really goes the extra mile to make lessons connect in a way to help whatever is being taught really stick with the kids. She also has the sweetest heart. Thoughtful, caring and patient she truly listens and loves, making her the perfect fit for little minds, little hands and little hearts. After just one conversation with her, you will love her!
Sarah Follman is the mother of 2 beautiful girls and has a heart of gold. She is a woman of excellence and is always up for an adventure and a cup of coffee. Homeschooled for many years herself, she is now going from homeschooled kid to homeschool teacher as she is beginning the journey of teaching her own girls. Sarah is the kind of person you want on your team. She has a desire to be helpful, a devotion to do things right and a willingness to learn anything she may not already know. She is also one fit momma. Like everything else she does, she will not only help you in any way she can but she will also go along the journey with you encouraging you every step of the way. Did we mention that she makes the best macarons?
Regina Thomas, lovingly referred to as "Mutti", the German word for Mother, or "Oma", the German word for Grandmother. With a genuine love for all she really welcomes you as one of the family and becomes a friend, mother, and grandmother to all who need. Offical mother of 3 amazing men, the youngest of which is Pastor Jeremiah. All her sons are happily married, and have now made Regina the Grandmother to 9 grandkids. With all that she somehow still has more love and energy to go around. A native to Germany she has been our offical German teacher from the start. When you see Regina you will always be greeted with a smile and most likely a delicious dish of food. If you ever get a chance be sure to try her pies!
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